Free, thought-provoking, expert-facilitated discussions on important issues facing our communities produced in partnership with Arizona Humanities and the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records.
Jamie Bowen, Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Although not new, our awareness and use of the term “fake news” has risen in prominence. In general “fake news” is journalism that consists of deliberate misinformation, news whose main purpose is to distort “the truth for emotional persuasion, seeking to drive action.” More recently it has become a catch-all term used to discredit stories, and in the political arena to influence the political process and elections in the U.S and abroad. What is the impact of “fake news”? How does “fake news” affect community conversations and civic engagement? How do we balance the benefits of free speech against the burden of propaganda? Join us for a lively FRANK Talk about “fake news,” free speech and journalism today.
What are FRANK Talks?
FRANK Talks are face-to-face conversations on ideas that matter. Attendees discuss issues of local and national importance in local libraries at a single-session 75-minute program, led by a humanities scholar/expert on the topic. FRANK Talks engage participants with important issues and provide the opportunity to put them in context, weigh facts, and consider different points of view. The goal of FRANK Talks is to inspire people to practice the skills of citizenship – to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with one another on important issues that affect our communities. Topics can include: education, immigration, religion, civil rights, veterans and more.
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